Category Archives: Television

Too close for comfort

Did you read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school as I did?

The dystopian work of fiction was horrifying to my teenage self but far-removed — nothing I could realistically see occurring in my lifetime.

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Then Trump happened.

Now every event portrayed in the television adaptation that dropped yesterday on Hulu — only three episodes, quite frustrating for binge watchers like me — seems like a warning of things to come if we are not vigilant.

Women universally stripped of their rights to work and own property, then treated as property and debased. The LGBTQ community hanged for simply being. It is terrifying and dressed up as a return to traditional values.

I signed up for a free trial to Hulu just to watch this series. I think everyone should.

It’s that important.

Kick this around

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If you haven’t started watching Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, or are in the midst of the series, don’t worry —

There are no spoilers here. Just one question (and kind of a tangential one at that).

Do bicycles not have kickstands anymore?

We see Clay Jensen ride around town as he tries to solve the show’s central mystery, and he throws his bike down on the ground like an unloved toy. He has bounced that thing off of cement, buildings, trees — you name it — and it’s been shoved into a lot of car trunks, too.

That bike gets no respect.

I have to think a kickstand would be a major improvement. But perhaps they just aren’t cool in 2017.

I don’t know….I may need 13 reasons way.

Bury the lead, please

SPOILER AHEAD — Do not read before viewing the March 22nd episode.

Okay, that’s done.

This season of The Americans has been grim, even by their standards. It has also been sadly sex-free due to its focus on Paige and our favorite spies’ campaign to recruit a Russian defector by befriending his son.

Sometimes it feels like an episode of Pretty Little Comrades.

So imagine my excitement at the halfway point when they gave us a glimpse of Martha shopping the sparse shelves of a grocery store in Russia!

And that was all of her — no other scene, mention or clue. 

Geez, guys, couldn’t you have ended the show with that scene? Everybody loves a cliffhanger. 

What the world needs now

#WiigandCarellforGoldenGlobeHosts2018

Good grief 

Met Life, say it isn’t so.

You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?

Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse. 

The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series  is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.

If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:

This is late

I’ve watched three episodes of This Is Us on NBC.

The pilot was so good, it could have been a stand-alone movie. The second episode matched it. And tonight’s made me realize I wasn’t keeping score any more —

I’m all in.

So, I am sorry I’m just now mentioning it. I’ve been distracted by really excellent  TV.

On deck

A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?

Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.

pitchBut when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.

First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV.  Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).

And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).

I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell?  I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.

Had to do it.